As has been the trend of late, this issue focuses on the iPhone and MobileMe, and aside from the fact that the iPhone is now available in 43 countries around the world, the news isn’t entirely positive. For those for whom the iPhone 2.0 software doesn’t allow independent apps to be loaded, we have direct confirmation from Steve Jobs that it’s a bug that will be fixed in September. And on the MobileMe side, Rich Mogull looks at how the service’s Web interface is insecure, but he verifies that other applications like Mail, iChat, and iCal do use secure communications. Apple also extended MobileMe memberships by another 60 days, but Adam notices that the company did this without actually apologizing for all the problems, so he compares Apple’s handling of the MobileMess with the handling of Google’s Gmail outage and Netflix’s shipping problems. Changing gears, Charles Maurer looks for an application to help him track his wine collection, and ends up settling on FileMaker’s Bento. In the Watchlist this week, we cover the releases of the important MacBook Air Update, Mactracker 5.0.4, and Keyboard Maestro 3.4.
The iPhone spreads further across the globe, as Apple launches it in 21 more countries.
Super-secretive Apple has a mole: its CEO. Steve Jobs acknowledges via email to a customer that the iPhone has a bug that prevents third-party applications from loading, and that the bug will be fixed in September.
MobileMe's Web interface doesn't use SSL to protect your communications, a major security blunder. But iCal, Mail, and iChat default to secure connections.
Apple has again extended MobileMe subscriptions - this time by 60 days - but the company's statements have only once used the magic words "We apologize." How does Apple's level of contrition compare with the handling of similar outages by Google and Netflix?
After checking out some dedicated programs, Charles Maurer settles on FileMaker's new list manager Bento for managing his wine cellar.
Notable software releases so far this week include the MacBook Air Update, Mactracker 5.0.4 and Keyboard Maestro 3.4.
This week's discussions are all over the map, and it's a good map to follow. Readers discuss the latest Microsoft Office upgrades, archiving a Time Capsule, several aspects of MobileMe, and more.